Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Transportation Engineering. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Canal Pioneers: Canal Construction from 2,500 BC to the Early 20th Century

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

This is the story of canals used for transport and the men who built them from the earliest times, up to the end of the ninteenth century. This is a very long history: stones for the pyramids of Egypt were brought to the site by canal and one of the most imposing canal systems ever built, the Grand Canal of China, was begun in the sixth century BC.Development after the end of the Roman Empire was slow, but saw the steady improvement of river navigations through locks the mitre gates were actually first designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The modern age of canals that cross summits began in France, and the most famous of these early waterways was the magnificent Canal du Midi, the brainchild of Pierre-Paul Riquet, completed in 1681. It was a visit to this canal, when he was a teenager on the Grand Tour, that inspired the Duke of Bridgewater to build his famous canal that inspired a rush of canal construction in Britain. Britains canals became the essential transport route that made the countrys industrial revolution possible, thanks to engineers such as James Brindley, William Jessop and Thomas Telford. It was a period of intensive construction that lasted for fifty years from 1760. It saw many innovations from the use of cast iron for bridges and aqueducts, to inclined planes and vertical lifts to move boats from one canal level to another. The nineteenth century also saw extensive canal systems developing in North America, such as the famous Erie Canal, and culminated in two great ship canals at Suez and Panama. The book tells an exciting story of canal development and the many men who made it possible.

  • Author: Anthony Burton
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Transport (April 19, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering


2. PPI PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition – Comprehensive Reference Manual for the NCEES PE Civil Exam

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

CERM16 - The Reference Manual Every PE Civil Examinee Needs! Michael R. Lindeburg, PE’s PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition (Also known as CERM16) is the only reference you need to prepare for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam. This comprehensive manual follows NCEES PE Civil exam specifications and addresses complex topics by parsing them into condensed, understandable, readable sections. Offering a complete review of all exam topics, this reference manual is up-to-date to the current exam specifications and design standards, and employs instructional design to enable comprehensive understanding that builds exam confidence. The PE Civil exam is an 8-hour, open book exam. Use this reference manual to fully prepare for the exam, and bring it with you on exam-day for your must-have reference. Also available is the new PE Civil Companion for the 16th Edition, which offers a convenient side-by-side companion offering a comprehensive index with thousands of entries covering all topics; over 100 appendices; and over 550 common civil engineering definitions. For more details, go to Key Features: Complete exam review for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam:  Project Planning Means and Methods Soil Mechanics Structural Mechanics Hydraulics and Hydrology Geometrics Materials Site Development Brief overview of each afternoon Depth exam. Up-to-date codes including: AASHTO, HCM, IBC, ACI and more. Recommendations for a study schedule to keep you on track. Exam tips for exam-day readiness. Binding: Paperback Publisher: PPI, A Kaplan Company After you pass the exam PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Ed. (CERM16) will serve as an invaluable reference throughout your civil engineering career.

  • Author: Michael R. Lindeburg PE
  • Publisher: PPI a Kaplan Company; Revised, Sixteenth Edition,Revised (April 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1591265702
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 3.2 x 11 inches


3. Train: The Definitive Visual History

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

This glorious visual celebration of train travel keeps you on the right track with stop-offs at the most important and incredible rail routes from all over the world.

 Your first stop in The Train Book is the groundbreaking steam locomotives of the 19th century and your final destination is the high-speed bullet trains of today. From the Union-Pacific Railroad to the Trans-Siberian Railway, you’ll cross the continents to experience epic journeys and staggering scenery. You’ll pick a seat on the most iconic locomotives, including the Orient Express, the Blue Train, and the Eurostar.  You can also inspect the engines of famous British trains, such as Rocket, Mallard, and Javelin, and international trains, such as India’s Palace on Wheels and America’s Thatcher Perkins. You’ll meet the true pioneers of train and track, including “Father of the Railways” George Stephenson, engineering legend Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Métro maestro Fulgence Bienvenüe. For train-spotters and transport enthusiasts everywhere, this is your trip of a lifetime.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; First Edition (September 15, 2014)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1465422293
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 1.2 x 12.13 inches


4. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Second Edition with a new chapter by the author

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe. Published in hardcover on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. Now with a new chapter, The Box tells the dramatic story of how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur turned containerization from an impractical idea into a phenomenon that transformed economic geography, slashed transportation costs, and made the boom in global trade possible.

  • Author: Marc Levinson
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering


5. Trains: The World's Most Scenic Routes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

Travel the globe with more than 70 of the world’s most beautiful, historic, and useful train routes with Trains, featuring in-depth descriptions and hi-def photography. Travel with us to: The exclusive Peak Tramway in Hong Kong that climbs steep gradients to the Victoria Peak neighborhood. The arduously constructed Ghan Railway traversing Australia and its most arid regions. The historic slate-mine turned tourist railways of the Welsh Highlands. The mountainous rack railways that ascend our world’s most treacherous mountains ranges. And many more railways that showcase the sheer will and drive of human ingenuity. Ride the rails with Trains as it traverses the world to showcase the ground-breaking routes that have come to connect our modern age. Traveling through history along passenger and freight services that have evolved from horse-drawn rail carriages to steam, diesel, and electric powered locomotives, Trains covers some of the most intriguing and scenic routes from railway history!

  • Author: Publications International Ltd.
  • Publisher: Publications International, Ltd. (March 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation
  • ISBN: 978-1640306523
  • Dimensions: 10.06 x 0.63 x 11.75 inches


6. Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

In 2019, mobility experts Melissa and Chris Bruntlett began a new adventure in Delft in the Netherlands. They had packed up their family in Vancouver, BC, and moved to Delft to experience the biking city as residents rather than as visitors. A year earlier they had become unofficial ambassadors for Dutch cities with the publication of their first book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality .   In Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett chronicle their experience living in the Netherlands and the benefits that result from treating cars as visitors rather than owners of the road. They weave their personal story with research and interviews with experts and Delft locals to help readers share the experience of living in a city designed for people.   In the planning field, little attention is given to the effects that a “low-car” city can have on the human experience at a psychological and sociological level. Studies are beginning to surface that indicate the impact that external factors—such as sound—can have on our stress and anxiety levels. Or how the systematic dismantling of freedom and autonomy for children and the elderly to travel through their cities is causing isolation and dependency.   In Curbing Traffic, the Bruntletts explain why these investments in improving the built environment are about more than just getting from place to place more easily and comfortably. The insights will help decision makers and advocates to better understand and communicate the human impacts of low-car cities: lower anxiety and stress, increased independence, social autonomy, inclusion, and improved mental and physical wellbeing.   The book is organized around the benefits that result from thoughtfully curbing traffic, resulting in a city that is: child-friendly, connected, trusting, feminist, quiet, therapeutic, accessible, prosperous, resilient, and age-friendly.   Planners, public officials, and citizen activists should have a greater understanding of the consequences that building for cars has had on communities (of all sizes). Curbing Traffic provides relatable, emotional, and personal reasons why it matters and inspiration for exporting the low-car city.

  • Author: Chris Bruntlett
  • Publisher: Island Press (June 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1642831658
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches


7. Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

The transcontinental railroads of the late 19th century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the US economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life.  Their discriminatory rates sparked broad opposition and a new antimonopoly politics. With characteristic originality, range, and authority, Richard White shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.

  • Author: Richard White
  • Genre: History, Americas, United States, State & Local


8. FE Civil Practice Problems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

This book is no longer up to date, please see PPI's FE Civil Practice for the current edition (ISBN1: 9781591265306 / ISBN2: 1591265304) Comprehensive Practice for the Computer-Based FE Civil Exam FE Civil Practice Problems contains 466 problems designed to reinforce your knowledge of important civil engineering topics. Short, three-minute, multiple-choice problems illustrate the type and length of problem you’ll encounter on the FE Civil exam.   Solutions proceed logically and are clear, complete, and easy to follow. Calculations use equations and nomenclature from the NCEES FE Reference Handbook to familiarize you with the reference you’ll have on exam day. Solutions are presented in whichever system of units (customary U.S. or SI) you’ll use during the exam, and units are meticulously identified and rigorously carried through in all calculations.     Exam Topics Covered Computational Tools Construction Dynamics Engineering Economics Environmental Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice Fluid Mechanics Geotechnical Engineering Hydraulics and Hydrologic Systems Materials Mathematics Mechanics of Materials Probability and Statistics Statics Structural Analysis Structural Design Surveying Transportation Engineering Integrated Products and Support Through FE Civil Practice Problems web book: the online version of this book provides automatic scoring and comparative reporting FE Civil Review Manual : a comprehensive review manual with complete coverage of the FE Civil exam knowledge areas and relevant elements from the NCEES FE Reference Handbook ;the online version offers full-text searching, note-taking, and bookmarking capabilities, and integrated interactive diagnostic exam problems with automatic scoring FE Civil Practice Exam : an online simulated exam experience, with automatic scoring and comparative reporting FE Civil Assessments : online problems to evaluate your familiarity with exam topics, with automatic scoring and comparative reporting FE Civil Flashcards : online flashcards for quick, on-the-go review FE Review Programs : online programs providing structure and personal feedback as you prepare for the FE exam Study Schedule : an online, customizable study schedule with targeted reading and homework assignments

  • Author: Michael R. Lindeburg PE
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1591264408
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches


9. Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in 35 years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish - until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves - whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder - journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final 24 hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping - a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming. A richly reported account of a singular tragedy,  Into the Raging Sea  takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

  • Author: Rachel Slade
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Transportation, Ships, History


10. Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Transportation Engineering - August 2021

Black Sheep One is the first biography of legendary warrior and World War II hero Gregory Boyington. In 1936, Boyington became an aviation cadet and earned the “wings of gold” of a naval aviator. After only a short period on active duty, however, he was “encouraged” to resign from the Marine Corps due to his unconventional behavior. Remarkably, this inauspicious beginning was just the prologue to a heroic career as an American fighter pilot and innovative combat leader. With the onset of World War II, when skilled pilots were in demand, he became the commander of an ad hoc squadron of flying leathernecks. Led by Medal of Honor winner Boyington, the legendary Black Sheep set a blistering pace of aerial victories against the enemy. Though many have observed that when the shooting stops, combat heroes typically just fade away, nothing could be further from the truth for Boyington. Blessed with inveterate luck, the stubbornly independent Boyington lived a life that went beyond what even the most imaginative might expect. Exhaustively researched and richly detailed, here is the complete story of this American original.

  • Author: Bruce Gamble
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; First Thus edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People
  • ISBN: 978-0891418016
  • Dimensions: 4.15 x 1.15 x 6.9 inches